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Civic organizations, such as the local cub scouts, paraded down Main Street on Monday, May 23, as part of annual Memorial Day activities in Altamont.

Kerry Wolff, of Altamont, waves to the crowd while atop his father’s 1964 Allis Chalmers D17 series IV tractor during the parade.

Larry and JoAnn Taylor, left, present Carol Tillman, Garden Club president, center-right, and Terri Beal, Garden Club treasurer, right, with the title to a 1999 Ford truck. The Taylors donated the truck to the Altamont Garden Club.

A full crowd gathered at the St. Elmo Veterans’ Memorial on Monday, May 23 for Memorial Day services.

State VFW Jr. Vice Commander Dave Stout, of Alton, gave the keynote address.


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Local businesses, organizations donate to Society Horse Barn Print E-mail
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Monday, 22 June 2015 12:22

In the ongoing project to remodel the Society Horse Barn at the Effingham County Fairgrounds, fair directors have been accepting donations to cover the various costs. Recently, several area businesses and organizations donated funds for the project.

First Mid-Illinois, ADM, South Central FS, Schuetzenfest, Daisy Dolls and Guys 4-H, Shumway Eagles 4-H, Sunshine Pals 4-H, Mill Road Thresherman Association, and Schuetzenfest all made donations recently. Renovations continue at the site, with the project to be completed this summer.

St. Elmo blood drive exceeds quota Print E-mail
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Monday, 22 June 2015 12:21
BY ANNA JEAN RHODES The American Red Cross Blood Drive held the afternoon of June 15 in St, Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall had a quota of 25 and 28 pints were collected from the 33 presenters. John Krost of St. Elmo received a six-gallon pin. Those who have donated 50 or more units of blood over the years are the following: Roger Fulk of Brownstown, 138; Andy Lilly of Beecher City, 129; Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo, 111; Leroy Snyder of St. Elmo, 106; John Belden of St. Elmo, 105; Marie Hopper of Farina, 101; Carol Rine of Brownstown and Tammy Logsdon of St. Elmo, each 87; Wayne Lovett of Brownstown, 83; Connie Roll of St. Elmo, 78; Dale Roll of St. Elmo, 65; and Sandra Lovett of Brownstown, 61. Chairman Karen Denning wishes to express thanks to Ray Morris for putting up the posters, the Council of Catholic Women for providing the homemade cookies, the St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club for providing the canteen expense and the following volunteer workers: Susan Belden, Helen Koonce, Pat Porter, Marilyn Sproat, Max Watson and Ethelyn Williams. The next American Red Cross Blood Drive scheduled for St. Elmo is on Monday, Aug. 10 from 1-6 p.m. in St. Mary’s Catholic Church parish hall.
Fayette County Shooting Sports archery competition Print E-mail
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Monday, 15 June 2015 12:02

Fayette County Shooting Sports held their first Annual Archery Competition on Thursday, June 4th at the Buck Stop Archery in Brownstown. Each participant was given six arrows to shoot at a variety of ranges. Scoring was conducted based on location on target as well as 3-D targets. Age divisions consisted of Junior – ages 8 to 11, Intermediate – ages 12 – 15 and Senior – ages 15 – 19. Champion and Reserve Archery Marksman were awarded to the following individuals:

Champion Advanced Archery Marksman went to Elias McNew and Reserve Champion Advanced Archery Marksman went to Anna McNew.

Champion Intermediate Archery Marksman went to Jacob Doedtman, while Reserve Champion Intermediate Archery Marksman going to Maranda Mather.

Champion Junior Archery Marksman went to Tyler Stonecipher with Reserve Champion Beginner Archery Marksman going to Beau Doedtman.

Congratulations to all those participating in the first Annual Fayette County 4-H Shooting Sports Archery Competition. Members of the Fayette County Shooting Sports Club are scheduled to compete next at the state-wide competition, Summer Sizzle.

High school rodeo finals coming to Altamont Print E-mail
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Monday, 15 June 2015 12:08


The Illinois High School Rodeo Association State Finals will be held at the Effingham County Fairgrounds in Altamont June 17-21.

For rodeo participants, the event serves as the culmination of a long season.  ISHRA promotional director Gina Hill stated that rodeo athletes begin their season in the fall and, after a winter break, close with a spring season.

There are around 15 events and the top 15 participants in each event qualify for the finals.  There is an all-around title at stake.

Mackenzie Parkison, the 15-year-old daughter of Jake and Crystal Parkison of Brownstown, will be in the field, qualifying in the pole-bending event.  This is her first season competing in rodeo and she sits in twelfth place.

“I’m kind of nervous but I’m ready for it.  I’m trying to take it as a normal rodeo and do what I do,” she explained.

Entries Wanted for Rodeo Parade Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 10 June 2015 11:21

Entries are needed for the 24th Annual  IHSRA State Finals Rodeo Parade that will be held on Wendesday, June 17 in Effingham. Parade lineup will be between 6-6:16 p.m. on North Maple Street between Evergreen and Temple Avenues. Horse entries will lineup at Effingham Equity. The parade will start at 6:30 p.m. and will go from St. Anthony Hospital to the Old Courthouse downtoen, where Martin's IGA is hosting a cookout to sponsor and assist the IHSRA Scholarship Foundation and Big Spike Hammer will perform.

This year's theme is "80's Rock and Roll." This year's parade marshall is Goeckner Bros. Dodge of Effingham.

Preregistration is encouraged for radio recognition but not required. Entry deadline is Monday, June 15, but late entries will be accepted the day of the parade. Register by contacting Heather, Altamont Rodeo Committee Secretary, by email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or texting (217-821-9195). Please provide the following:

Entry's Name (to be announced)
Contact person
Phone number

This year's parade is sponsored by the Altamont Rodeo Committee. 

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